David Moyes holds all the power at West Ham United after a remarkable season and it seems he isn’t afraid to use it.
When Moyes returned to West Ham for a second spell many saw him as a cheap option and a ‘yes man’ for unpopular co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold.
But the Scot has run things his way and West Ham are reaping the rewards.
While many feel it was more by luck than judgement, even the harshest of Sullivan and Gold critics must accept the duo are entitled to a degree of credit given they were the ones who decided to reappoint Moyes in the first place.
Moyesiah the minor miracle worker
West Ham are on course for their best ever Premier League season.
And going into tonight’s game against Brighton, Champions League football is still a possibility.
Wins over the Seagulls and West Brom will ensure that dream remains alive going into the final day of the season next Sunday regardless of results elsewhere.
Whatever happens West Ham will be hoping to secure some form of European football.
Quite how Moyes has managed it with a squad sorely lacking in several key areas is a minor miracle.
Hammers must strengthen in key areas, particularly if they secure European football
The east Londoners must strengthen in the summer, particularly if they make Europe.
West Ham badly need at least one new striker in the summer. Moyes is also desperate to keep hold of Jesse Lingard.
The Hammers will need central midfield cover and possibly cover at left back too.
A new goalkeeper could also be on the agenda.
And speaking in his pre-match press conference, Moyes has put the ball firmly in Sullivan and Gold’s court over his transfer budget (The West Ham Way).
Indeed the Hammers boss says he should be given money to spend after the announcement of the new £4.8billion TV deal this week (The Guardian).
Moyes puts the ball firmly in GSB’s court over transfer budget as speculation arises over lack of funds
“I think we’ll have a bit of money to spend,” Moyes told the press ahead of Saturday’s trip to the Amex (The West Ham Way).
“Maybe the new TV deal might have made the owners realise that there’s money coming in for the next three, four years.
“But at the moment, regardless how much money I’ll have to spend, I’ll try and make it work the best I can. I might need to juggle it and do different bits of wheeling and dealing if I can.”
It remains to be seen what budget Moyes is given by Sullivan and Gold.
But as Moyes has proved with his recruitment since returning to West Ham, it’s not about how much you spend but how you spend it.
There are bargains to be had. But the club must back Moyes’s judgment to build the team HE wants.